📣 Combating Antisemitism in Secondary Schools | Sunday, March 10
Dr. Sarah Fornero, Assistant Head of School
A Framework for Critical Conversations with
Dr. Dean Bell and Dr. Keren Fraiman from the Spertus Institute
Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.**
**Note: Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday, March 10
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
3751 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613
Cost: $54 per attendee | Click here to register
Registration Closes, Tuesday, March 5
Intended Audience
  • Secondary School Faculty
  • Heads of School, Assistant Heads of School, Middle and High School Principals
  • DEIJ and DEIB Leaders
  • Middle and High School Curriculum Directors
Join us for a day-long seminar with Dr. Dean Bell and Dr. Keren Fraiman from the Spertus Institute and learn how to recognize, respond to, and combat antisemitism, utilizing a critical conversations approach. 
Increasingly Jewish teens are confronting expressions of antisemitism in school, social settings, general media, and in the online space.  The connection between the Jewish people and Israel often exacerbates and complicates expressions of antisemitism. Their experiences are sadly consistent with a growing and disturbing trend of incidents of antisemitism nationwide, along with growing social polarization and the proliferation of hate crimes.  These experiences have caused Jewish teens increased anxiety, distress, fear, and a heightened sense of self, and, in some cases, struggling more generally. 
This workshop will help us to address several important questions and needs:
  • How can we, as educators and administrators better understand antisemitism, its relationship to the past, and varied (and sometimes surprising) expressions in the present? 
  • How do we understand Jewish identity more broadly - its core elements, expressions, and celebrations - in order to be sensitized to the needs of Jewish students and the ways in which they can be impacted and supported?
  • How do we create spaces for critical conversations about difficult topics?
  • How can we better understand the impact that (purposeful and inadvertent) antisemitism has on our learners and their families?
  • What are some strategies for mitigating and preventing antisemitism from emerging in our learning spaces? 
Sought Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will feel better equipped to identify, prevent, and respond to antisemitism.
  • Participants will be able to identify instances that may create a negative impact on Jewish students, families, employees, and other constituencies, and be able to strategize proactively how to prevent them from occurring.
This interactive workshop will consist of the exploration and discussion of key texts, histories, and case studies that will allow participants to learn deeply, navigate the issue of antisemitism with increased nuance, develop a heightened awareness about expressions of antisemitism that may emerge in their settings, and develop strategies to problem-solve scenarios prevalent in educational settings. It will be divided into several smaller segments to elevate and address core themes. 
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Instructor Bios:
Dr. Keren E. Fraiman is Spertus Institute’s Dean and Chief Academic Officer. She also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Israel Studies. She previously served as Director of Research and Evaluation at The iCenter for Israel Education, where she continues to serve on the faculty of the iFellows Masters Concentration in Israel Education program. In January 2020, Dr. Fraiman was selected for the prestigious Wexner Field Fellowship, presented by the Wexner Foundation in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation. A former Schusterman Israel Scholar, Dr. Fraiman has worked at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis, served as an officer in the IDF, and led trips to Israel as a Facilitator both for Encounter and Birthright Israel. Her work has been supported by the US Institute of Peace, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, and the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. 
Fraiman is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Judaism in the 21st Century and author of the article “Barriers to Entry: Exploring Educator Reticence for Engaging with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”
Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA, The University of Chicago.
Dr. Dean P. Bell is Spertus Institute’s ninth President and CEO. He also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of History. Dr. Bell has taught at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Hebrew Theological College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Jewish Studies. Dr. Bell is a widely published author in the areas of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish history. His current research focuses on interreligious dialogue and leadership and environmental history. Bell is author or editor of 13 books and monographs and dozens of articles, including co-author of Interreligious Resilience: Interreligious Leadership for a Pluralistic World; and co-editor of Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany. He is Associate Editor of Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution.
Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of California, Berkeley; 
BA, The University of Chicago.
Questions about the program or concerns about cost can be sent to leadership@bernardzell.org
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Magda Brown Fund for Holocaust Education supported by the Lucas Family.

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